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Challenging the 'unfettered power' of prosecutors

Although I'm not sure it delivers on the promise of its subtitle, this is nonetheless a most important book, because it takes a critical look at several important problems that have been swept under the national rug for far too long. Chief among these problems is the overarching, and over-reaching, power of American prosecutors, especially on the statewide level, which has led -- directly, says the author -- to the problem of mass incarceration.

Illustration on an American father and the Japanese penal system by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

'Japan is a cruel place for us this Father's Day'

It's hard to honor your father on Father's Day when he's in a faraway country, and held hostage by a justice system that put him in solitary confinement for over 130 days on baseless accusations of financial crimes. It's even harder when you had long considered that country, Japan, your home.

Misplaced optimism in Libya

Is the long-running civil war in Libya winding to a close? The Libyan National Army (LNA) and its larger-than-life leader, Gen. Khalifa Haftar, seem to think so.

Exploiting the Gun Free Zone Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Why balanced reporting about guns is crucial

Kate Nixon worked as a compliance manager on the second floor of Operations Building 2 in the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. The 42-year-old was described as "always helping others." She was president of the Pembroke Meadows Civic League and a devoted church goer at St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church.

Faith in American society and its protection under the law

Looking for the perfect Father's Day gift? A welcome addition to your summer reading list? A timely inspiration to dig deeper in your faith? "On Faith: Lessons from an American Believer" fits all three bills.

Illustration on the coming effects of the budget deficit by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

The persistence of wasteful federal spending

The political battles raging across the federal government seem to be consumed by trade wars, immigration and of course impeachment. Those issues will run their course in due time, but there is a much bigger problem that seems to be attracting little if any attention here at the highest levels of government.

American Debt Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Deeper and deeper in debt

There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, "Americans' debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 billion."

Illustration on politicians who evade the consequences of their actions by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Why are the Western middle classes so angry?

What is going on with the unending Brexit drama, the aftershocks of Donald Trump's election and the "yellow vests" protests in France? What drives the growing estrangement of Southern and Eastern Europe from the European Union establishment? What fuels the anti-EU themes of recent European elections and the stunning recent Australian re-election of conservatives?

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